Tips and tricks for successful AI
Managing mares for artificial insemination (AI) is commonplace in the UK with mare owners being able to access chilled semen from the UK and Europe and frozen semen from around the World. The aim is to inseminate the mare close enough to ovulation that viable sperm are present in the oviduct of the mare to fertilise the oocyte. In addition, one must manage the mare post insemination to ensure that the uterine environment is healthy enough to support the early conceptus and developing pregnancy. This sounds simple yet difficulties are encountered at every step along the way from getting the mare in the season when the stallion is available and getting the mare to ovulate in a timely fashion in relation to insemination, to dealing with the mares uterine reaction to being inseminated. This presentation will focus on the mare factors associated with chilled and frozen insemination.
- Understand how to 'synchronise' the breeding of mares with the working week, for the ordering of chilled semen and the daytime insemination of frozen semen
- Become familiar with the ovulation drugs available and the features of those agents so that they can be effectively utilised in an artificial insemination programme
- Learn some tips and tricks to deal with the common problems encountered in practice